Archive for March, 2006

The ‘Mats are back… sort of

Friday, March 31st, 2006 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

Replacements reunite for 2 new songs

Fantastic news! Well, except for the part where they didn’t bother asking Slim to play. Still, I can’t wait to hear the new tunes.

I *art* NY

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | 3 Comments

Found this awhile back, but never got around to posting it: Photos of the NYC subway artwork.

Vidiot’s got a few more shots of the art in the Princes St. station, at 59th and Lex, Essex/Delancy (he’s got a few pix there if you follow his photostream), and 14th St..

I’m usually too distracted looking at the regular ol’ tile art in the platforms to notice the added art. I’ll have to be more vigilant on future trips. (Still need to get back out there. I’m starting to have dreams of going to Lombardi’s.)

Dharma map

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Potential spoiler alert for those of you not in the US. I don’t know where the rest of the world is with Lost episodes, so if you don’t think you’re caught up with the US schedule and don’t want to know what’s coming up, quit readin’ now.

However, if you caught last night’s episode and want to know more about what was on the blast door, a very helpful Flickrite has a wonderfully annotated photo of the diagram. Click the “All Sizes” link and view at original size for best results. Wow.


Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

How to pour ketchup

You folks who use the squeeze bottles can just ignore this.

Here, toady toady toady.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

If I lived in Australia, I’d so learn to catch toads. Toads = free beer.

But be careful with your toads:

“No coupons for squashed toads,” Mr Wilkinson said.

Quick change

Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

These days, hockey intermission entertainment at Admirals games is largely pee-wee games or contests involving fans making fools of themselves for some sort of prize. But up until a couple years ago, entertainers were regularly brought in, including a duo known as “Quick Change.” They were my favorites. Their act is half ballroom dance moves and half instantaneous costume change. I still can’t figure out how they do it, but it’s fascinating to watch.

Slate’s got a good article on them. Make sure you check out the video so you can see them in action.

I was wondering why we hadn’t seen them around the arena in a few years. Guess they’ve moved up to the lucrative NBA circuit. Damn. Our loss.

The Last Record Shop

Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Tunes! | 1 Comment

A couple of Austin, TX music collectors bought up an old Ohio record store. The cool part: The store closed in 1970 and has been sitting untouched since then. Musical time capsule, anyone? The collectors at the next few Austin record shows are going to go nuts.

Make sure you check out the photos. Man, what I wouldn’t give for some of the point-of-purchase displays — especially that Capitol Records sign.


Am I in the right theatre?

Saturday, March 25th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

R and I went to go see The Inside Man last night. (It’s a very good film, by the way. Two thumbs up.)

We were fully expecting the usual glut of pre-film commercials and trailers. What we weren’t expecting was to watch a trailer for the film we had just paid to see.

Everyone in the theatre had a “WTF?” moment. Many checked their ticket stubs to make sure they’d walked into the right cinema in the multiplex. The woman down the row from us simply sniffed and said “We should go see that.”


Friday, March 24th, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Good news! The 2006 Peep Show is in just a couple weeks!

PEEP Show at LuLu Cafe

The 3rd Annual Peep Show
Sunday, April 9th at 4pm
Lulu cafe and bar
2261 S. Howell Ave.
Bay View

A fun and fluffy exhibition of artworks made from or inspired by marshmallow Peeps.


This event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to participate, artists and artistically challenged alike. Participants are to bring their original works of art to Lulu’s on the evening of the event. Artists will be responsible for the removal of their creations by the end of the event. Artists may choose to price their work for sale during the event and no commission will be taken.

Peep photography, Peep paintings, Peep dioramas, Peep jewelry, Peep costumes and Peep treats are all to be expected. Lulu’s bar will be serving special Peep-tinis for the event.

“Peeps” are a registered trademark of the Just Born Company.

Co-worker Joel & I went last year. We had a FANTASTIC time. I bought some art and had some donated to me. Can’t wait to go again (and this time, I’m bringing the camera!). And yes, Joel, if you’re there, you can have the Peep from my Peeptini again. Those things just aren’t food.


Friday, March 24th, 2006 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Franz Ferdinand Frontman Shot By Gavrilo Princip Bassist

I was kinda wondering how long it’d take them to make a joke like that.

Best. Comic. Ever.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Ask Bill Napoli

Dear South Dakota: Bite me. I was thinking it’d be nice to visit someday, but I’ve changed my mind. I’ll make sure I spend my money somewhere more progressive.

Why do I not think of these things first

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Actually, the answer to this question is “because I don’t watch enough reality television and therefore don’t really notice it,” but still…

Pre-pixelated clothing for reality TV shows

The rest of his blog looks pretty good, too. Think I may have to spend a little time reading through the archives. (I also think “ironic sans” is a funny name for a serif font. Nice one.)

And I’m not even hungry right now

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan, Toast! | No Comments

Is it wrong that at first glance, I thought the article in the top left corner of this photo was a toaster?

Before you beat me up too badly, about 1/2 second later I noticed the brim and realized it was a hat. But for the first 1/2 second, I was soundly in the “toaster” camp and was trying to figure out why you’d have a toaster in your car to begin with.

Ooh. Wait. In-car toasters.

Yessir, I like that idea. I like it a lot.

As April 15 draws nearer…

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Death and Taxes: A visual look at where your tax dollars go.

Ah, the “traditional” Irish pub

Friday, March 17th, 2006 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

Ireland’s “Crack” Habit

I’ve always said that the same thing that makes a pub “Irish” is what makes a neighborhood pub good when you’re a regular: It’s not just a bar. It’s a place you can go to hang out, have a pint and relax. The decor is irrelevant.

Everyone always assumes I want to go hang out at the Irish pubs. In fact, I rarely ever go to the “really” Irish ones. It’s like being hit over the head with tourist Ireland. (Lest anyone feel left out, this is how I feel about “traditional” German pubs in America, too. If I want to see lederhosen, I’ll Google for it.) The fact that I actually do hang out at two of the local Irish pubs — Paddy’s and the Harp — fairly regularly is not at all because they’re Irish. It’s because they’re convenient (one to home, one to hockey), I like the staff, and I enjoy myself and feel comfortable being in the pubs whether I’m with a group or alone. That is what makes a good pub — here, just as in Ireland.

And you’re on the other kind of crack if you think I’m going near any of the Irish pubs today.

Small and cool

Friday, March 17th, 2006 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Apartment Therapy’s running their Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest again.

Entries will be posted at a rate 3 per day through March 31. Get your vote in for you favorites before the end of the month. Official judging begins after that.

I wish they’d post the winners from past years when they do this. Last year’s winners were absolutely lovely. I’d like to see them again.

Happy St. Pat’s

Friday, March 17th, 2006 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

And to answer the question on everyone’s mind, no, I won’t be going to the pub.

I will be spending the day working, then attending a funeral, then a hockey game. At some point, I’ll pop over to my favorite local station* and make a little fund drive donation in honor of their 25th anniversary (Congrats and here’s to many, many more years!). When all is said and done, the kitties & I will curl up on the couch, watch some TV, have a Guinness (if the kitties are really good, they can have a sip) and listen for the sounds of the college kiddies making their way home up the street, throwing up their green beer and Lucky Charms along the way.

Good times.

*Today’s trivia: St. Patrick is also the patron saint of engineers, hence the March 17 start-up date for the station. For those of you not in Milwaukee, MSE = Milwaukee School (of) Engineering.

This one’s tricky

Thursday, March 16th, 2006 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Web 2.0 or Star Wars Character?

I am so not going to do well on this one.

Update: Oh, hell. I got a 31.

No smooch for you

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 | Again with the hockey | 3 Comments

A memo to the Admirals‘ “kiss cam” operator:

If two people are sitting with a seat in between them, there’s probably a very good chance they’re not a couple. I love Hockey Buddy dearly, but I’m not gonna lay a big ol’ romantic smooch on him for your Jumbotron amusement and so I can win a $10 gift certificate to an overpriced pub.

I wish I could paint

Monday, March 13th, 2006 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Ideas for Paintings by Jack Handey.